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Are You Experienced?…

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Experience is good oftentimes, especially when it is occurs with sensitivity and learning.  However, too many fall into experiences, exclusively,  just like moths into the flame.  A mind that does not habitually, robotically blast into experience… goes beyond it at times.  It might seem odd or strange that one suggests that going beyond the realm of experience is beneficial and healthy… (but it is).  Many of us seek new and “more exciting” experiences.  In doing this, one thinks that one will achieve happiness.  However, once something is experienced,  its supposed “newness” tends to quickly evaporate and when we experience similar things, they tend to lose their quality of being beyond the same old patterns; so we seek new and different patterns, different experiences.  However, different patterns are still mere patterns.  A mind that clings to various series and strings of patterns (to be stimulated) becomes dependent upon such patterns.  A brain dependent upon mere patterns, for its happiness, is a mind that is not at all independent and free; it is enslaved with dependency upon the patterns (as so many people, unfortunately, are).  Then boredom, frustration, and depression often easily slip in; for a mind that is based merely upon patterns (an their recognition) easily gets fixated in robotic cause and effect reactions (based largely on what the patterns may or may not provide).  Inevitably, they never provide enough.  The experience and the experiencer are not two separate things.

A mind beyond mere experience — and there are few such minds — is really independent and free.  It goes beyond mere patterns and the recognizing of patterns.  It doesn’t do so out of volition and will; it just happens; intelligence is a factor.  When it happens, the mind is still (though highly active and aware); however, it is not merely absorbing or rearranging patterns.  Being beyond sequential reactions and patterns of recognition, it is an explosion of the new and immeasurable.  Joy and insight, beyond dependency upon experiences, exists then.

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Moth Head Study. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Moth Head Study. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Ducking the issues…

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If you duck the issues and don’t pay full attention in life… then when thoughts and feelings occur in (and “as”) you, you will not attend to them completely and fully.  To attend to thoughts and feelings completely (as they occur) there is intense observation without separation, without the indifference of distance.  In looking fully and attentively, which is deep learning, there need not be mere judgment, condemnation, or control according a learned authority at some (supposed) distance (be it external or internal).  

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[Note: Paleontologists have been saying that birds are a branch of dinosaurs that survived the great extinction event.  A close-up of this duck shows what eerily looks like dinosaur raptor teeth.  The tooth-like structures are really lamellae… sieve-like projections that help to extract edible items, such as seeds or insects, away from mud or sand.  They also may be beneficial for defense.  Duckasaurus rex!]

Duck Teeth. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Duck Teeth. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Be Balm

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In an oscillating universe, if an entity does not get it together and transcend mediocrity psychologically, then the consequences remain infinitesimally dull, like a seed that never germinates.  If one flowers and grows, the winds of enlightenment may be truly endless. 

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Wild Beebalm. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Wild Beebalm. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Internal disorder is projected outwardly…

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Interesting, isn’t it, about how perfectly the universe works with orderly sequences creating the higher elements via nuclear fusion, with supernovas (creating rare elements) and the like, all with immense order and precision?  Yet isn’t it curious how we humans — many of us — live in tremendous disorder, with wars, violence, deceit, damage to the environment, manipulation via power, and all kinds of disorder that is willing to let others be harmed?  So amongst all of the order, there is the continuing disorder of man; and that needs to change.  

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Facing it.   Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Facing it. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Limitations….

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One of the fundamental problems — which was observed even when one was rather young (in college days) — was that people who were trying to transcend beyond the self (in order to meditate or merge with the whole) were still clinging (in various ways) to the notion of a central “I” or central “ego.”   Innumerable people would each say things like: “This is my form of meditation which I practice daily.”  Or:  “I am observing my behavior throughout the entire day.”   Or:  “I watch thoughts as they take place and vanish from consciousness.”   

Separating the “I”, psychologically, from the rest of thought/thinking and maintaining that it has control is a waste of time and energy, and it contributes to friction and separation within (and “as”) the mind.  A dog perpetually trying to catch its own tail wastes energy (though in such a case it may at least be getting some needed exercise).  As was stated before (in previous posts)… one can function quite easily without the ego (which is, in itself, inherently false anyway).  Thoughts are tools used by organisms in order to achieve certain ends.  Maintaining that there is a central agency that is “separate from and controls these thoughts” may not be at all accurate.  (See my previous posts about the corpus callosum.)  Thoughts are conditioned responses; the manifestation of the “I” or “me” is another conditioned response, another thought or projected symbol.   Ego projections overly utilizing the “I” or the “me” are manifestations of brains that have some transformation or evolving to do.  The ego, being a falsity, tends to create an erroneous psychological radius and circumference around itself… (which tends to involve separation, learned space, and indifference).  Nullification of the “I” or the ego does not destroy boundless intelligence nor the eternity and timelessness of dynamic wisdom.

Though one can still use the term “I” in conversations with people, one may not — if one is fully aware — use it as a reference to a central point.  When not talking or communicating with others,  this movement — while thinking internally — often uses “we” instead of “I.”  Or one can use the term: “this movement” (instead of “I”).  Of course, the “I” can represent all of one’s thoughts; but one is actually far more than conditioned mental reactions… and far more than some temporary, biological mass.   This isn’t some kind of mental game.  If we were educated wrongly and cling to primitive falsities, we will remain in what is a circumscribed circumference that perpetuates limitation and disorder.

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Ant on Lichen. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Ant on Lichen. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015